Drug search finds 16 guns, thousands of bullets in Raleigh apartment

From staff reportsMay 2, 2013 

David Scott Wheeler


— Police, searching the Horton Street apartment of a man charged with having 7 pounds of marijuana last month, recovered four handguns, six rifles, three shotguns and more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition, a search warrant says.

David Scott Wheeler, 32, was arrested at the building at 3523 Horton St. on the night of April 16.

Police said they seized hydroponic marijuana and other drugs, and they charged Wheeler with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and with trafficking in other drugs.

In a search warrant that detectives returned to court officers Wednesday night, they said they had ben warned by an informant that Wheeler might have guns.

What they found, they said, were four conventional pistols in .357, .38, .380 and .40 calibers; two Serbian-made “pistols” that have no stock like a rifle but otherwise look and operate like AK-47 semiautomatic rifles; five assault-type rifles in various calibers; 12-gauge two shotguns, and two bolt-action rifles.

Also in the apartment, the warrant says, were more than 3,000 rounds of 7.62 mm (.30-caliber) ammunition, more than 800 rounds of 5.56 mm (.223 caliber) bullets, more than 900 rounds of 9 mm ammo, 275 .380-caliber bullets and almost 400 shotgun shells.

Along with the armaments, police also reported seizing $23,785.

The other drug charges stemmed from the recovery of 261 methadone pills, 25 hydrocodone pills and 28 methadone pills, the warrant shows.

According to an affidavit that Detective J.S. Mabrey filed to get the search warrant, police had been told that Wheeler was selling marijuana from the apartment.

Members of the Criminal Enterprise Drug Unit began watching the building, and they found marijuana when they stopped a man who had briefly visited Wheeler’s apartment and then driven off and was stopped.

Wheeler has been held since his arrest on $500,000 bail and is next scheduled to appear in court on May 7, according to Wake County Sheriff’s Office records.

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